As we move closer to summer, SPSSEG is working hard to implement education and outreach for our organization. We will be participating in numerous environmental events around the Puget Sound here in the next couple of months.
The first event coming up is Forest Festival Field Day on Thursday, April 28th. This event is for Mason County 5th graders to come and learn about the forest ecosystem and how it applies to their everyday lives. SPSSEG will be speaking about the connections between salmon and the forest.
The next event we will be participating in is the Tacoma-Pierce County Children’s Water Festival on Friday, April 29th. Over 750 fifth-grade students from throughout Pierce County will be attending the 2011 Festival. Each classroom group will attend six different 25-minute sessions, including interactive classroom activities, outdoor games, larger “game show” style presentations, and an “Expo Hall” filled with all kinds of water related displays and activities. SPSSEG will have a display in the “Expo Hall” that explains how keeping our watersheds clean is beneficial to our salmon runs.
Earth Day is an event put on by Mason County Conservation District and SPSSEG will be attending this event to talk about our organization. This event will have many different aspects including hands-on family friendly activities related to natural resources; on site workshops; restoration opportunities; information from local resource agencies and volunteer groups; and Puget Sound Starts Here posters, stickers, and information on how you can help Puget Sound.
On Tuesday, May 17th, our Executive Director Lance Winecka and Project Manager Kristin Williamson will be teaming up with the South Sound Estuary Association to give a lecture about “On-the-Ground Salmon Habitat Restoration: From the Headwaters to Puget Sound”. Its from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the WET Science Center in Downtown Olympia. Lance and Kristin will be talking about several on-the-ground restoration projects including examples from upland rivers and streams down to the marine shoreline.
Lastly, SPSSEG will be participating in Mason County’s “Kids With Conservation Knowledge” (KWCK) event on May 27th, and May 28th. This event will be kind of like a field day for kids to come and play outside and learn how to be more conscientious of their impacts on the natural environment, and what they can do to help.
SPSSEG is proud to be participating in these upcoming educational events and we hope to do more in the future. Check back at the end of the month for pictures and information on how these events turned out!